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Myrrh. n.s. [myrrha, Latin; myrrhe, Fr.] A gum.

Myrrh is a vegetable product of the gum resin kind, sent to us in loose granules from the size of a pepper corn to that of a walnut, of a reddish brown colour, with more or less of an admixture of yellow: its taste is bitter and acrid, with a peculiar aromatick flavour, but very nauseous: its smell is strong, but not disagreeable: it is brought from Ethiopia, but the tree which produces it is wholly unknown. Our myrrh is the very drug known by the ancients under the same name: internally applied it is a powerful resolvent, and externally applied it is discutient and vulnerary. Hill's M. Med.

The myrrhe sweet bleeding in the bitter wound. Spenser.

I dropt in a little honey of roses, with a few drops of tincture of myrrh. Wiseman's Surgery.

Sources: Hill, John (29) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Wiseman, Richard (68)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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